Archive for the ‘Events’ Category
Perfect Private Tour Event at the Fairmont
Visiting the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica recently to gather some guests for a private luxury tour of Los Angeles we grabbed a photograph of the posted invitiation to join the staff, guests and visitors for a holiday event under the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree in the courtyard. Upon further investigation we learned that Santa Claus will be present as well as some of his favorite musicians to entertain the gathered holiday revelers. There will, of course, be food and refreshments, activities appropriate for guests of all ages, and a genuine sharing of peace and joy. We will be there this afternoon possibly with our luxury tour guests. Just look for the snazzy black van and the glasses of eggnog and join us to celebrate the holiday season.
Before the Christmas Tree Lane Tours Begin
Nearly a mile long, the blocks of Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena between Woodbury Road and Altadena Drive are famous as Christmas Tree Lane. The lane needs its lights strung at this time of the year, a volunteer activity. If you want something fun to do and, in particular, if you like to climb trees, then plan a visit to the neighborhood any Saturday or Sunday before December 14th and lend your assistance. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts are served at 9:00 a.m. and work continues until noon when lunch is served. More than one hundred 100+ year old deodar conifers line the street and need to have lights restrung every year. This tradition of lighting the trees has been going on since 1920. The weather is mild and the neighbors are fantastic. As a historic landmark anyone helping out becomes a part of history. Our private Los Angeles tours will be making regular trips to Christmas Tree Lane closer to the holiday as it is a truly magnificent and beautiful sight at Christmastime.
No Rose Bowl Tours Today – It’s Football Time
The historic Rose Bowl Stadium set in its beautiful arroyo in Pasadena has hosted some of the greatest college football games ever, and let us not forget to mention NFL games including the Super Bowl (5 times). But tonight it is time for the UCLA Bruins, the home team, to bring on the Friday Night Lights. The 7-2 Bruins need to win to continue on their path to the PAC-12 South Division title. Their opponents, the 6-3 Washington Huskies, their own quest failed, would like to spoil the Bruin season. Kickoff is at 6pm whether you are at the stadium or watching on television. If football is not your thing but historic architecture is then we suggest telling your private Los Angeles tour guide to bring you over to Pasadena to see this incredible structure and its almost complete renovation. Now 100 years old and going strong, good for another 100 years they tell us, the stadium will not likely be setting attendance records as it has in the past (almost 107,000 fans for the 1973 Rose Bowl game – USC vs. Ohio State). The renovation reduced the number of seats in favor of increased fan comfort and safety. This is a really impressive sporting facility set in an exquisite park setting and well worth visiting with or without an event bringing you to Pasadena.
For Our Los Angeles Tour Guests Who Enjoy Jazz
Elite Adventure Tours fan and friend, Randi Pareira, will be presenting an evening of jazz singing at Santa Monica’s unUrban Cafe this coming Monday, November 18th. The multi-talented songstress will focus on songs written before 1940, before the big band era arrived and when swing jazz was the rage. The unUrban Cafe provides a bohemian setting appropriate for the music of those days except that there will be no cigarette smoke or illegal booze. There will be tasty and healthy food and drink choices for all jazz aficionados. Here is a chance to see a talented woman perform songs you seldom hear. If she is good enough to dance with the Muppets, why not let her sing for you.
You Don’t Have to Tell Our Los Angeles Tour Guide
We know. We follow these events closely because they are public and star-filled and very exciting spectacles for our private Los Angeles tour guests. This morning at 11:30 a.m., Jennifer Hudson will receive a Recording Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the W Hotel in a ceremony she certainly deserves. She could easily have a live performance or film star to go along with this one. With an Academy Award (Dreamgirls) and a Grammy, and many other major awards and nominations, she is already a show business legend. Her recent memoir I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down continues to inspire readers everywhere. Our private tour guests will be there. You should be too. If not, remember the ceremony will be live-streamed from the Walk of Fame website so there is no excuse for missing this Hollywood event.
Our Private Tour Gets to See Stars
Later this morning our guides will be taking their luxury Los Angeles tours over to Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street to witness the Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony for Mariska Hargitay, one of the stars of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. This Los Angeles native, daughter of film star Jayne Mansfield, will receive star number 2,511. More important, Mariska’s star will be embedded in the walk right beside that of her mother. We will not be surprised to see some Mickey Hargitay (her father) landscape trucks in the vicinity tomorrow. Hillary Swank and Dick Wolf will be special guests at the ceremony. As caring and generous as her character, Olivia Benson, Mariska is associated with a number of important charities and service organizations. Joyful Heart is an organization she started to help victims of domestic abuse and their families. She is a star among stars. If you have time you should go to Hollywood to see the ceremony: 11:30 a.m., 6328 Hollywood Boulevard.
Private Tour Aids AIDS Walk
What a surprise it was recently when our private Los Angeles tour guests were driving past the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills and stopped on the road by none other than Crystal Harris, Mrs. Hugh Hefner. She invited everyone over to the lemonade stand by the back driveway to her house where she and her playmate friends were raising money for the 2013 AIDS Walk coming up in a couple of days. Turns out Playboy Enterprises raised almost $17,000 for their efforts. And, the lemonade was quite good and refreshing on a hot October day. Our guests had a lot of pictures and autographs to show their family and friends when they got home.
Our Private Tour Guests Want a Classy Halloween
One of our favorite West Hollywood restaurants is Fig & Olive on Melrose Place. They are hosting, along with Veuve Clicquot champagne a Halloween dinner party where you can dress to impress for fun. The posters from each of the Yelloween partners give all the details. Make your reservations now, get your costume together and prepare for a real Halloween treat.
West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills – we tour in all these neighborhoods and keep track of what is happening there so that our guests can decide on things to do after their private Los Angeles tour.
Alpine Village is an Authentic Private Tour Stop
This is the last weekend of Oktoberfest and a chance to enjoy some genuine German beer and food served by laughing maidens able to carry ten steins at a time. Don’t try that at home. These are professionals. For 64 years now this Torrance attraction has been treating southern Californians to the traditions of the old country with food, drink, music and entertainment that makes them one of the most highly regarded Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. (so says USA Today). Wear your lederhosen and leather jerkins and knit socks and arrive hungry and thirsty for a lively day and evening of harvest season celebration only a few miles from the white sand beaches and blue Pacific waters of Los Angeles. There are many more private Los Angeles tour choices than just Hollywood and celebrity homes in Beverly Hills. We know of all the festivities and celebrations and special events happening in and around Los Angeles and can show you so much more about this great city than just movie studios and stars’ homes. Eins, zwei, g’suffa!
Private Los Angeles Tour – oooo Scary!
Ready for what a major movie studio and theme park can do to scare the *&^% out of you on Halloween and for days before and after? Then you need to dress up and make your way to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights any evening during October (plus a few days after the 31st). The studio’s backlot has been set aside for horror filled zombified mazes based on the successful Walking Dead series. There are also Scare Zones with familiar horror themes (Chucky, The Purge, Walking Dead, Black Sabbath’s new album “13″). There are some lighter corners of the studio just for fun like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. And, of course, there are the rides (Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park, The Simpsons). We spend a lot of time (during the day) with our private Hollywood tour guests on the Universal VIP Tour but that is before the evil transformation of the studio that night brings.